The North Haven Village Board, meeting with only three members present, tentatively set work sessions for March 15 and 29 to discuss the 2016-17 budget, with an April 5 public hearing. The current village budget is $1.35 million, and Mayor Jeff Sander said revenues had come in better than expected while expenses were lower than expected this year.
Mr. Sander asked Trustee Jim Laspesa to work with the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery, which has sought village support for an oyster seeding program. Mr. Laspesa said the hatchery has requested a $7,500 donation to help launch the program, possibly using funds from the village’s parks and recreation budget.
“I wouldn’t mind doing that if we have some idea of what we are going to get for that,” said Mr. Sander, who suggested Fresh Pond might be the “best environment” for seeding oysters.
Trustee Tommy John Schiavoni also reported on efforts to care for the village’s network of trails. He told his fellow board members that the North Haven Trails Association was no longer active, and it would be necessary for the village itself to take a more active role in overseeing trails. He said the board should come up with a policy for how and when it will clear trails. Again, the board agreed it would likely use money from the parks and recreation budget.